And Breathe… The Perfect Getaway – Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa Review

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And breathe…

Phew, anyone else feeling overwhelmed this month? And are in desperate need of a getaway?One that’s affordable, relaxing and totally submerged within energising surroundings… It’s ok,I have this covered!

From my hectic day to day life to the tranquil surroundings of the Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa, this place was a true breath of fresh air. Just when work becomes overwhelming, is it wise to book another getaway?! Of course, it is. There is nothing more mentally purifying than switching-off, relaxing and unwinding, away from the craziness of reality.

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On this occasion, I was stopping at Formby Hall for leisure, to sample their facilities, their spa treatments and their delicious food. However, this is also the perfect pit-stop for business, girly weekends, golf weekends away or for pure bliss away from the madness of everyday life. Their retreats would make an awesome gift for a friend, or this would make the perfection location for a hen weekend away; spa treatments, afternoon tea and luxury suites for the cosiest nights in. Comfortable and luxurious, this location offers a little bit of everything for everyone.

Vibrant food, sophisticated beverages, stylish furnishings, rejuvenating surroundings and relaxation at its core, Formby Hall have really ticked the boxes. After an incredible refurbishment in 2017, I recommend that you embrace every moment you have here. I am guaranteed, before you leave, you will be planning your next trip!

The Location

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Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the countryside, the greenery, the fresh air and the beautiful noises of nature. What I adored about Formby Hall was their surrounding greenland. It enriched the location and made everything feel incredibly energising and relaxing. The view out of my loft suite was incredible, it was refreshing to wake up to and it instantly made me feel motivated for the day. Although the surrounding areas of Formby Hall are stunning, there are a number of nearby attractions waiting to be discovered too! Which are only a short drive away from the hotel.

From exploring the shops in Liverpool to visiting the large seaside town of Southport, there are an array of places to explore. Why not breathe in the fresh air of Formby Beach, take a stroll and enjoy the sunset before dining at Formby Hall and relaxing in the Spa. Liverpool Cathedral, Knowsley Safari Park, Southport Botanic Gardens, Albert Docks and many more – take a few days off to fully submerge yourself and get a true experience of all things entertainment, relaxation and culture. Although Formby Hall can become popular at times, there is still an element of tranquillity at this location and it’s truly beautiful.

Food and Beverages

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Tasting the culinary delights of Formby Hall was one of my favourites, from gourmet grills to comforting roast dinners to delicate afternoon teas. This restaurant prides itself on outstanding and award-winning food. Each ingredient is locally sourced and the chefs take huge pride in the quality and the preparation of their food. Attention to detail, carefully selected ingredients and flavours that create taste-bud explosions, a true foodie experience!

As the food arrived throughout our stay, we were overwhelmed by the flavours, the freshness and the inner food passion that shone through each dish. From breakfast to dinner, each dish was absolutely delicious and crafted with perfection.

The Fairway Grill was a wonderful chic location for our evening meal and it made things feel very very special. Chic, modern and newly refurbished, this dining location is stunning and boasts some of the best views of the surrounding golf course. Fine dining at Formby Hall is taken to a whole new dimension, in relaxed and stylish surroundings, the Fairway Grill is definitely on my ‘must visit again’ list! Sunday lunch, steak special, two courses for £16.50, light lunch or dreamy stone baked pizza, there is a little something for everyone!

However, if you’re dropping by for a small bite to eat, having a business lunch or celebrating an event, Formby Hall can cater to every individual occasion. this is the perfect pit-stop location.

Formby Hall also offers a diverse range of beverages, you’ll be spoilt for choice! The bar is dressed in the most sophisticated way decorated with an array of beautiful alcoholic beverages.  They have a highly trained team of Mixologists onhand ready to create classic, creative and original cocktails for you. With their extensive knowledge and passion for beverages, you’re going to be impressed with their creations using an array of spirits, fresh fruits, rare liqueurs and special blends – yum! I am not a huge alcoholic drinker, however, I am definitely partial to the odd cocktail or G&T! A current trend at the moment is flavoured gin, Formby Hall now has their very own Gin Bar and have some incredible flavours waiting to be tried. Again, chic, sophisticated and totally creative.

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As the evening drew to a close, I was already thinking of breakfast. Breakfast in the comfort of your room or choose from a fresh, vibrant and delicious buffet in the Fairway Grill– served from 8am until 10am. This buffet breakfast was one of the best I have ever seen in a hotel! Choose from a selection of English breakfast specials; poached eggs, sausages, bacon, baked beans, black pudding… The list goes on! Or why not opt for freshly baked pastries, granola, fresh sliced fruit, yoghurt or toast with a huge line-up of delicious spreads.

Fairway Grill – 2 Course Evening Meal

A choice of a starter and a main course or a main course and a dessert.

On this occasion, I opted for the 2-course meal deal, with a precise and carefully chosen selection of dishes to choose from, I knew instantly that they take pride in their products and ingredients. A variety of cuisines are combined, flavours are maximised using the freshest of ingredients and some true classics have a strong place on the menu; fish and chips, fish pie and steak and chips.

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For the main course, I chose the pan-fried teriyaki salmon with wilted greens, a sushi rice ball and the best char-grilled baby gem lettuce. The salmon was cooked to perfection and was moist and rich in flavour with a crispy caramelised outer skin. The wilted greens added a touch of crunch to the dish and the baby gem lettuce added freshness! Warming, comforting and rich in spice, delicious. This whole dish was brought together with a generous drizzle of a rich teriyaki dressing. Honestly, this was just what I needed.

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*Drum roll please* – The best sticky toffee pudding I have ever eaten! Rich, gooey, sticky, fluffy and fresh – the best combination of elements when creating the perfect pudding. After eating a large main course, I did want to choose a lighter dessert and this worked perfectly. This modern British classic takes comfort food to a whole new dimension, however, Formby Hall has created a fluffy and light version of this pudding. It won’t leave you feeling lethargic like it would usually, but it will leave you craving for more. Drizzled with the most decadent caramel sauce and paired with creamy vanilla homemade ice cream; let’s just say… I wanted some to take home too!

Accommodation – Room

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On this occasion, I had the wonderful opportunity of staying in one of their newly built loft rooms. This refurbishment took place in 2017 and it definitely exceeded my expectations and it goes beyond ordinary relaxation and comfort. Attention to detail, plush furnishings and copper accents, each element of the loft room has been considered to make your stay the most relaxing and the most re-energising. After initially browsing the website, I couldn’t wait to tuck myself up in the sheets, try out their luxuriously decorated bathroom and view the sunrise over the golf course.

Just as I had imagined, my bedroom was perfect! I didn’t want to leave. It had everything and more…

  • King size bed – this bed was heaven… As soon as you relax, there is no going back. Sleep easy in their king-size bed and make the most of the body-hugging duvet and pillows, a luxurious nights sleep! That’s for sure!
  • Spacious en-suite bathroom with Villeroy & Boch fittings
  • ESPA Toiletries
  • In-room safe
  • Luxury bathrobes & slippers
  • State of the art TV and audio facilities
  • Rainfall shower – (I made the most of this facility! No low pressure in sight. With a chrome finish, this shower is beyond luxury).
  • Professional hair dryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities (& the best biscuits! Perfect for midnight snacking!)
  • Nespresso Coffee Machines
  • Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi internet access (however, I did not make use of this and tried to embrace my time here as much as possible).
  • Air conditioning

Some of the loft suite rooms have interconnecting doors which are ideal for groups or families. Keeping everyone together and allowing the larger groups to celebrate in style.

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At Formby Hall, there are 76 rooms in total, contemporary classic, executive and deluxe hotel rooms as well as their loft classic, loft executive and loft deluxe rooms (14 of which were added in 2017 and have been part of the exciting new-build).

As if the loft rooms weren’t exciting enough! They have recently just completed a full refurbishment of their current bedrooms. So not only are the loft rooms luxurious and contemporary, so are their bedrooms away from the loft suites. All of which have new furniture, curtains and carpets, refurbished bathrooms and much more. They also have 2 guest rooms which are perfect for disabled guests, enjoy luxury and relaxation at it’s finest.

Facilities

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Wellness and fun are taken to a whole new dimension at Formby Hall. From golf to fitness classes, to relaxation in their 20m heated swimming pool. Whether you’re wanting to lift weights, unleash your inner zen in yoga or have a high-intensity workout, you’ll find everything at Formby Hall. Whether you’re wanting to achieve a new personal fitness goal or simply learn how to use the equipment effectively, Formby Hall has a team of highly trained and motivated fitness coaches ready for you!

Their Health Club features a 40-plus station gym with the latest Technogym Equipment controlled by a WELLNESS system. The gym is in a welcoming, motivating and organised environment overlooking some beautiful views; running on the treadmill has never been so easy! Let’s not forget, their cardiovascular equipment has integrated touch screen TV’s, radio stations, integrated fans and iPod docking stations.

Their newly refurbished swimming pool can be enjoyed after a gym session or part of your spa journey, you choose! I spent a few hours using the facilities around the poolside and I didn’t want to leave. Take a dip in the pool and enjoy some of the other additional facilities…

  • New Himalayan Salt Sauna
  • New Essence Infused Laconium Cabin
  • New Experience Showers and Ice Fountain
  • Spa Bath
  • Refurbished Steam Room

Formby Hall is, of course, known for its 18 hole Championship golf course and PGA golf academy. However, I didn’t explore this area of this resort. On my next visit, I want to book some lessons and get experimenting! If you are interested in their golf facilities, use the following links below for more information.

The Spa

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After attending The Spa at Formby Hall, I felt renewed, relaxed and totally revitalised. I reached a state of calmness and relaxation that I now crave every day and I am already planning my next visit. The Spa at Formby Hall offers a pleasant and peaceful location for you to relax in the midst of your hectic everyday life. Formby Hall has created a haven for relaxation, reviving therapies and serene comfort, honestly, it was bliss.

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Whether you’re there for a spa weekend, a spa day treatment or for a spa break, they have therapies and facilities that will suit everyone.  Including…

  • 10 lavish therapy rooms featuring ESPA and OPI Nails & Fake Bake Gold
  • Steam rooms, ice fountains and showers
  • Heated relaxation beds
  • 20m swimming pool
  • Cosmopolitan Lounge
  • Spa Bistro
  • Relaxation areas
  • Rasul Mud steam room
  • Executive changing beds

Their list of treatments is diverse, you’ll be spoilt for choice! That’s why a Spa break may be something you may want to opt for, that way you’ll experience the true essence of The Spa at Formby Hall. They have 7 luxury treatment rooms; including 3 doubles which are available for massages and ESPA treatments such as wraps and facials, manicures and pedicures by OPI. All of the therapies and treatments are carried out by passionate, driven and highly trained therapists who hold a wealth of knowledge in their area of work.

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When I arrived at The Spa, I was greeted with a sudden hit of relaxation. As you approach The Spa reception, ESPA diffusers infuse the air with calming fragrances and you instantly take a deep sigh of relief because you can finally switch off. Once I had settled, I was shown around The Spa and each area was explained to me. This allowed me to fully embrace The Spa experience and feel at ease with my surroundings. Shortly after, I was taken to my treatment room and I experienced my aromatherapy massage, this was a 50-minute treatment with personal ESPA products selected for my specific needs.

An aromatherapy massage is a treatment that relaxes and heals the body through essential oils. This specific treatment can help treat pain, muscle spasms, stiffness, depression, insomnia, asthma, congestion, hypertension, and much more. If you’re feeling stressed, sore and overtired – in other words, in need of a message, then I would highly recommend this therapy! Not only is it gentle, relaxing and soothing, it mentally purifies and cleanses your body using natural plant essences from ESPA. 

Once I had stepped outside of the massage room, I felt a whole lot lighter mentally and some tension had been relieved in my shoulders (a problem area of mine). 

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In the afternoon, I headed to the Spa Bistro for some light lunch and drinks, I was greeted by the waitresses as I entered and almost immediately I felt uplifted in this calm environment. The walls are decorated with positive affirmations which reinforces their uplifting approach to spa wellness. With pastel accents, this bistro definitely creates the perfect post-spa lunch environment.

For my lunch, I opted for the bento box which came with a glass of prosecco. A bento box is a great choice if you want variety. Bento boxes are common in the Japanese cuisine and usually include noodles, fish, meat and pickled vegetables. However, Formby Hall has used the traditional bento box and made it their own; using fresh local ingredients, superfoods and a combination of cuisines to create a diverse range of bento box options, to cater to everyone’s tasting. Honestly, it was delicious and I was stuck for choice, all of their options sounded exciting… Especially their chocolate cake!

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Each compartment of the bento box can be personalised to your taste, whether you fancy a sweet chilli chicken wrap or a duck and orange salad, you decide. This time, I chose the sweet chilli wrap, the tuna salad and a fruit salad. Not forgetting, all bento boxes come with fresh bread and butter, comforting and wholesome! Honestly, what more could you want before ending your spa day?

Whether you’re planning a girls weekend away or simply want some downtime with your partner, both males and females will enjoy this relaxed and welcoming Spa environment. Embrace calmness, eat fresh food, relax mentally and physically and enrich your body with the good stuff. Check out the offers below for more information.

The Complete Summer Spa Day – from £75 per person

The Complete Summer Spa Break – from £99.50 per person


The past few months have been very hectic for me, so this was a huge surprise. Thank you Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa for providing relaxation, fantastic hospitality and much more. I really can’t wait to visit again! *The afternoon tea is screaming my name, I think!*

Want to book a spa break? Or dine at Formby Hall? Use the following links below to explore more…

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I am so grateful for these opportunities. Thank you for reading my content and making this possible.

Jessica, x

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